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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Taste the Nectar this Friday

Josh Wade's Nectar Tasting Room opens this Friday, Jan. 7 and showcases 30 wines and 5 wineries from across Washington State. Occupying the first floor of the 1889 Building on the corner of Main and Stevens, Nectar Tasting Room is the satellite location for Anelare Winery, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars, and Terra Blanca Winery. Visitors can experience a weekly tasting bar flight, and wines are available in 2 or 5 ounce pours and by the bottle. Nectar Tasting Room is the first local business to incorporate the use of Apple iPads as their wine menu. "Our goal is to provide visitors with a unique tasting experience where they can learn about wine and about each of the five wineries at the space," says owner Josh Wade. The iPad menu can remember the wines you tasted so on return visits you can easily recall what you liked and didn't like.

Nectar Tasting Room will be open Thursday, Noon - 7pm and Friday - Saturday, Noon - 9pm. A fun "after hours" party, Saturday from 9 - 10pm, called "The Final Sip", gives guests the opportunity to taste through any of the wines that are open. "For $10 you can come by and enjoy 5-8 wines that are already open. We don't want to dump it down the drain. It's a great way to share the wine," says Josh. With the opening of Nectar Tasting Room at 120 N. Stevens, 25 wineries now have a presence in Spokane. Visit for updates and information.

Jazz it up this weekend at The Laguna Cafe

Jazz guitarist Nick Schauer entertains Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 to 9 pm through January at the Laguna Cafe, 4304 S. Regal Street. This Friday, Jan. 7 he will be joined by pianist Riley Gray; Saturday night, Jan. 8, vocalist and sax player Craig Landron sits in. For more information, call 448-0887.

If you love Rock 'n' Roll jet out to Northern Quest

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts entertain at Northern Quest Resort and Casino Saturday Jan. 15 at 8:30 pm. Joan Jett is best known for her hit cover "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982. Other popular recordings are "Crimson and Clover," "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Light of Day," "Love is All Around," and "Little Liar." She has three albums that have gone Platinum or Gold and she has been referred to as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" many times in her career. Tickets: $50 floor, $40 grandstand. Guests must be at least 18 years old to attend. Get your seats by calling the Northern Quest at 1-877-871-6772 (NQRC), or through Ticketswest at any ticket outlet, online at or 800-325-SEAT.

Relax, pamper, escape at the Health Beauty Spa Show.

Imagine a place to escape from the stresses of life. Where you can relax and listen to soothing music while you pamper yourself with health and beauty treatments designed to reduce stress and heal your body. This is not a is a reality here in Spokane Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15th and Jan. 16th at the Health Beauty Spa Show at the Spokane Community College Lair. Participants can pamper themselves with a buffet of sample spa sessions including massage, skin care, anti-aging treatments, hair removal, manicures, hairstyles, facials and much more. The show will include over 70 vendors and dozens of treatments for $5 each. The goal is to introduce a new generation of consumers to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by opening up the spa industry to the masses. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7. For more information and a complete schedule of activities visit

Finger style guitar master Adrian Legg and Janet Johnson play the Bing

Even after making nine brilliant recordings, English guitar great and raconteur Adrian Legg's true home is onstage. Music Week says "To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented." Adrian Legg incorporates virtually every genre on his guitar in a virtuosic instrumental style with effects. He brought electric approaches to acoustic playing, creating a modern cross-over amalgamation in the tradition of eclectic folk playing that goes back to the 1960s.

Marriage, children, divorce, and being a single mother may have postponed the career of singer songwriter Janet Johnson, but it has proved to be fertile ground for her highly personal music textured with folk rock sensibilities and jazz influences. With voice, guitar, and mandolin, she weaves words of love gained and lost with an honesty that draws the listener in to share a unique and intimate musical experience.

The show is Saturday, Jan 15 at 8 pm. For tickets contact or 800-325-SEAT and the Bing Box office 2 hours before show time.

This ain't your daddy's rodeo.

No sir, we're talking high-octane, nitro-fueled, bull riding excitement! The Spokane Arena announces the return of the General Store presents Wrangler Professional Bull Riding Classic on Friday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8 pm. Two HUGE nights with the best and toughest cowboys in the country taking on the meanest, nastiest and honeriest beasts on the planet. And their riding for more than just bragging rights. This year, the tops in prize money is going to the winner - making this year's edition of the General Store presents Wrangler Professional Bull Riding Classic a MUST SEE next weekend. Ticket prices ar $10.00. $20.00 and $30.00. Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

There's a Dress Code at the MAC

Clothing and fashion can signal the changing roles and ambitions of women and provide clues about personal identity. From the luxury of feeling beautiful to strategies for getting ahead, women wear the varied armors of female fashion to get what they want. This whimsical exhibit decodes the social mores and messages telegraphed by what women wear. You'll get to try it on, and check it out! It's at the MAC, 2316 W. First Avenue. For more information, visit or call 509-456-3931.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Joe Satriani - Guitar legend Joe Satriani took a step back to play more of a support role in the Chickenfoot supergroup. But he's back in the driver's seat on his 14th and latest album, "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards." The album finds Satriani dipping into blues, R&B and gospel influences, in addition to his expected experimental metal flair. Here it live when Satriani comes through for a show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, at The Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $65, $41.50, through Ticketswest,

Platform Thursdays - local music torchbearer and purveyor of underground art, Platform Booking is launching a weekly shindig at the A Club, starting with the first week of the New Year with a singer-songwriter throw down featuring an all-star lineup of local folkster, including Marshall McLean, Mark Ward, Matthew Winters, Thomas Bechard, and highlighted by the return of J.S. Butcher, starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5, 21 and older only.

Real Life Rockaz - Spokane's raucous reggae band, Real Life Rockaz are waving the flag once again for another barnburner kicking off at 10 p.m. tonight, January 5, at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard. Cost: Free.

Six Foot Swing - The cornerstone of Spokane's vintage jazz renaissance, Six Foot Swing pay a visit to The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague, with an all-ages show starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7. Cost: $5.

Soul and the Machine - Rounding out a stellar week and live and local music at The A Club is an indie-rocker with some bite to it -- Soul and the Machine, Hey is for Horses, Mecha Shiva and the psychedelic earbender, Reverb. The show start at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, at The A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague. Cost: $5.

For local music news, events, mp3s, artist profiles, multimedia and more, visit

EWU Eagles in National Championship!

The EWU Eagles play the Delaware Blue Hens, Friday Jan. 7 and 4pm our time, for the FCS national championship. If you can't make it to Frisco, Texas, you can watch the Eagles on ESPN2, SWX channel 115, or 700 ESPN radio. GO EAGLES!

The Spokane Chiefs take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Friday Jan 7, at 7pm and the Everett Silvertips, Saturday, Jan 8, 7pm. Get your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.


"When you take that field today, you've got to lay that heart on the line, men. From the souls of your feet, with every ounce of blood you've got in your body, lay it on the line until the final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose."

Name the movie that line appeared in and win a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn, at 3714 N. Division! Send your best guess and your phone number to The winner will be selected at random from correct entries and will be announced in next week's e-newsletter. The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, Jan 7.

Last Week's Winner: Here's looking at you Mark Norisada.

Last week's movie quote was, "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time." Norisada correctly guessed that it was from the classic movie "Casablanca," and won a $20 gift certificate to the Cathay Inn.

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